Portable Fire Extinguishers

Portable fire extinguishers are a “band-aid” approach to fire suppression and are not intended to be used on large, uncontrolled fires. You must evaluate the conditions and determine if you can safely use a portable fire extinguisher or immediately escape the situation. Never position yourself with the fire between you and your means of escape. If you do use a portable fire extinguisher, and have extinguished a fire, never turn your back on the fire as it can flare up again unexpectedly. Back away from the fire, observing it closely

  • For home use, look for portable fire extinguishers with an “ABC” rating on the label. They can be used for most home fires including ordinary combustible materials, flammable liquids and electrical fires.
  • Put portable fire extinguishers in your kitchen, garage, basement and car in a location where they can be readily accessed.
  • Learn how to operate fire extinguishers and use them on a fire. Check with your local fire department for training.
  • Have fire extinguishers serviced yearly by a reputable fire extinguisher dealer.